In December, SAFR Sports teamed with Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab to test their latest SAFR Helmet Cover models on popular 5-Star football helmets. After more than 320 tests conducted over three days of research, the results were impressive — by adding a SAFR Helmet Cover, the risk of concussion scores were reduced by as much as to 77%.
Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab, considered the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ when it comes to helmet testing, has been providing consumers with unbiased information on helmet safety since 2011. The helmet star rating system is led by Dr. Stefan Duma, who revolutionized the field of concussion biomechanics and head injury research.
“We saw the potential of the SAFR Helmet Covers from a practical standpoint early on. Once we received the information from Dr. Duma and his staff from the Lab… we were able to move quickly to get them ordered from SAFR Sports and get the players equipped.”
– Head Football Athletic Trainer Brett Griesemer
Once Dr. Duma saw the results of SAFR Helmet Cover, he reached out to Mike Goforth, Virginia Tech’s Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, and shared SAFR’s technology and testing data. Committed to creating the safest environment for their players, Goforth, along with Head Football Athletic Trainer Brett Griesemer and Head Football Coach Brent Pry, immediately ordered 110 SAFR Helmet Covers for the upcoming season.
“We saw the potential of the SAFR Helmet Cover from a practical standpoint early on, but once we received the information from Dr. Duma and his staff from the Lab it was a no-brainer to get SAFR Helmet Covers on our football players. With the support from our coaching staff and administration we were able to move quickly to get them ordered from SAFR Sports and get the players equipped,” said Griesemer.
SAFR Helmet Covers are customizable to any school’s helmet color and model. Additionally, they are approved for game play and manufactured in the United States. SAFR Sports President & CEO John Zeglinski said, “we applaud Virginia Tech’s initiative to protect their student athletes and are excited to partner with their outstanding football program. The Helmet Lab test results validate our efforts to make football safer.”
About SAFR Sports
SAFR Sports is staffed by former football players and professionals, all who share the singular mission of making football and all contact sports safer through science. SAFR Helmet Covers, worn by nearly 300 college teams, high schools, and youth football leagues, has been proven to reduce impact accelerations that reduce the adverse effects of repeated sub-concussive blows. Other important advantages of the SAFR Helmet Cover include being permitted for game-play by the National Federation of High Schools. In addition, the SAFR Helmet Cover is custom-manufactured to model and size, and will match the color and finish of existing helmets.
John McClung, Marketing Director